From December 23 2021, there are new measures in Sweden against Covid-19. They affect public gatherings and events, so keep an eye on the organisers’ own websites for the latest updates. And remember to bring your vaccination certificate if needed.

New skating rink at Tjolöholm and other family favourites

There’s still a lot of winter left, and lots of family fun to be had in and around Gothenburg. The castle Tjolöholms slott has a new skating rink that is open through February 20. Science centre Universeum, aviation activity centre Aeroseum and Alfie Atkins’ Cultural Centre are other attractions for all ages – just remember to prebook your visit when needed!

skating rink indoors with a Christmas tree in front of it
Try out the new indoor skating rink at the castle Tjolöholms slott.

Music in Gothenburg – from classical concerts to jazz and live drawing

In January there are plenty of concerts to enjoy in Gothenburg, and the organisers try their best to adjust their events instead of cancelling them. On January 3, Vauxhall offers a latino-themed jazz night with Göteborg Jazz Orchestra, and on January 4–5 Gothenburg City Theatre dives into the city’s rich music history during the event Göteborg Sound. On January 5, it’s time for the exciting finals of the prestigious Polstjärnepriset (Polar Star Prize) at Gothenburg Concert Hall; and on the same night, the Göteborg Opera offer their traditional Twelfth Night Concert.

Experience a mix of piano music and live drawing with Anders Teglund and Sara Granér. Credit: Mikael Gothage

On January 14 you can experience piano music in a uniqe setting at Folkteatern. Anders Teglund and Sara Granér offers a dreamy concert where live drawings are projected all over the room.

On stage: magic, comedy and Flashback Forever

Music is great, sure, but there’s even more to discover on stage in Gothenburg. How about I Förlångtbortaland at Aftonstjärnan, where Carl-Einar Häckner mixes timeless wizardry with songs and spontaneous comedy. You’ll find even more comedy at Lisebergsteatern, when the praised podcast Flashback forever with Emma Knyckare, Ina Lundström and “Scroll-Mia” turns into a stage show.

Floor shows for every taste

Can’t get enough of New Year’s celebrations? Then Aftonstjärnan has the event for you – a late New Year’s “bubbly night” on January 7–8, with lovely tunes, old cabaret numbers, moving poetry and brand-new musical songs.

It’s also show-time at Park Lane every Friday and Saturday, where you can enjoy the best music from the 70s, 80s and 90s in Generations. At Rondo all ABBA lovers can relish the show Mamma Mia! The Party and Skärgårdslinjen’s winter cruise takes you out to sea.

Check out 300 kimonos at the Museum of World Culture. Credit: Beatrice Törnros

Stroll around a museum – irl or online

The museums in Gothenburg are limiting the number of visitors to ensure plenty of space and a safe visit for everyone. Pretty good, right? At the Museum of World Culture, it’s your last chance to check out the exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to catwalk before it closes on January 30. Or visit the Gothenburg Museum of Art where the Stena Foundation shows 25 years of contemporary art, as well as works by this year’s scholarschip holder, Emanuel Röhss.

Hasselblad Center celebrates the 40th winner of the Hasselblad Award, Alfredo Jaar, and the Museum of Gothenburg has exhibitions on groundbreaking performing arts as well as on historic photos. Still want to stay at home? Check out our guide to digital exhibitions and museum podcast, or flick through the new photo library 2021 bilder år 2021 – where the public museums in Gothenburg offer photos from the archives with expired copyright.

Stars in the sky and on the big screen

Are you fascinated by stars and planets? Make sure to check out the observatory Slottsskogsobservatoriet’s sky tours on Mondays and Wednesdays. When the weather is clear, you can use their telescopes to observe the sky; and when it’s cloudy they will show you around the observatory and share exciting facts about space instead.

On January 28, it’s time for a different kind of stars (film stars!) when Göteborg Film Festival kicks off in theatres as well as online. As usual, the festival offers an amazing mix of unknown and well-known films; and this year they pose the question: How much order do we really want in our lives? On a few occasions, you can also try watching a film under hypnosis!

Nothing that suits you? Check out our events calendar, where you’ll find (almost) everything that’s on in January.